Tuesday, July 29, 2014

antimony mull universe

Success has made failures of many men. (Cindy Adams)

Just returned from a trip to the beach where it was raining hard and gloomy so we left about 2 to come home.  Of course as we ht our exit, the sky turned blue, the sun came out and the streets were dry.  From running to the car in the rain I sat for the ride home soaking wet with two wet-wooly dogs on my lap, so first thing I put on warm clothes and got the dogs dried off.  They had themselves a great time and slept through the usual begging-for-dinner routine.  

The other day I had a theme of ceramics, so I thought I'd continue with today's group of embroidery on vintage and found photographs~

These are by an unattributed artist, vintage photographs over-embroidered with threads.

These are the hexagons I've finished since I got to Boston-  compelling info, eh?  And when I get back and add them to the piece I've already put together and add the others I haven't sewn yet, I will perhaps have a 3x3 foot square.  Damn, this is going slowly!  What I did find is Koigu has put their yarns into smaller quantity embroidery skeins, each about 11 yards, perfect for 1 hexagon!  I ordered a bunch of them in brighter colors to add to the skeins of regular duller colors I have leftover from working with this stuff for a decade.  I really want to empty the whole plastic bin!  I'm saving some of my unopened skeins for the borders, should I ever actually get to that part! 
Note-  today I hit a LYS, a real treat because I mostly order online since Florida no longer has many yarn shops.  I found some great green mottled yarn to use in the new shawl, found on revelry, something to cut into hexagon time and keep me at it.  

When I got home I devoted myself to a vat of black bean soup so dinner is ready for days ahead!  I feel like a domestic goddess.

 Now, back to our regularly scheduled program:

Life has a way of ensaring us with its long tentacles. Before we realize it, forces in our lives from careers, friends and family have bound us in a tight web. Amsterdam, Netherlands based artist Hinke Schreuders depicts entrapment through the use of embroidery over vintage photographs. Using female subjects in traditional dress and poses, her work alludes to feminine vulnerability. Dark yet lovely.

This is also a vintage picture, but of course it's of squirrels!  Thanks, dear reader, I always appreciate a little squirrel donation-  it helps pay for nothing except a sense of irony.  For me that's better than rent money.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

elmer catalysis taxonomy

I draw on my memories but blended with a lot of fantasy... (Bryan Adams)

Just returned home from Circus Smirkus, a kids big top extravaganza from Vermont that puts on a 6 week show every summer all over New England.  Since they were set up about 2 miles from here we bought tickets for the kids.  The oldest kids/performers were 18, most were 14-16, and all were excellent gymnasts with long resumes of summer circus training.  Rumor has it that the best of the best end up in Cirque du Soliel.  I was very impressed with these kids-  it was hot as hell and the show went on for 2 full hours.  They soared through the air, they worked on poles, they had trapezes, and long cloth lengths they worked on, scaring the hell out of me as they cascade to the floor by unwinding the fabric from their bodies.  To see these kids you would never believe there's an obesity problem.  My own g'kids, at 4 and 6, were the exact age group to be mesmerized.  So glad we went, even in spite of the overpowering heat.  

And back to art---

To create his caddis fly collaborations, Duprat collects larvae from their natural environment and relocates them to a climate-controlled tank. He then removes their cases and stocks the tanks with precious and semi-precious materials. Originally, Duprat let the caddis fly larvae build with gold spangles, but he has since incorporated turquoise, rubies, opals, lapis lazuli and coral, pearls, sapphires, and diamonds.

And more bugs---

 Designer Janis Straupe is one of the finest, brightest and most respected professionals in Latvia, has designed and made wooden design products for more than 30 years. His work is practically applicable, technically complex, with clean straight lines, geometrically accurate and sharp, without any poetism and ruffles. He plays with form where functionality plays the main role dressed in very exclusive design. Janis Straupe is known for his untraditional point of view, trying to show multilaterism of wood combining functionality and decoration.

Thanks Janet!  A squirrel knitting and wearing my glasses!  Looks like a pretty nice cabled sock perhaps?  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

coloratura shameful cuttlefish

I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse. (Diane Arbus)

Today I wrote a bunch of overdue letters to get things up to date.  The other night we went out for dinner to a famous steak house and I had an appetizer for my entree.  It arrive, steak tartar, which I simply adore, and I picked up a section to spread on my toast points.  The whole pile o' steak came with it.  I cut off an appropriate amount for the toast and put the smaller bit on, tried to bite it and the whole pile on the toast came off in my mouth.  It was loaded with sinew and gristle.  I borrowed my husband's HUGE steak knife they provided and I couldn't cut through some of the tough parts in it.  Steak Tartar, for crying out loud!  It should be meltingly soft, cut in uniform meaty sections off a piece of trimmed meat.  I couldn't eat half of it because I didn't want to be pulling long gristle strings out of my mouth..  But we were with people I didn't want to break a conversation with so didn't complain.  And that made me mad later.  So I was going to write a review but decided maybe this was a real aberration since I had ordered the same thing before and loved it.  So I sent an email to the restaurant.  I haven't heard back.  All I asked them is if buy some weird quirk I perhaps got the pile of stuff they had trimmed OFF the meat instead of the meat...  we'll see if they answer me.  All I want is acknowledgement because I won't ever go back.  IF I don't get that, then I may just write those reviews and tell you where not to go!

Snow monkey stole himself an iPhone and knows how to use it!  

UPDATE:  I received a call from the Executive Chef and talked to him about how substandard my food was and he was grateful I let him know, appalled that the line cook hadn't picked up on it, and offered a comp-  I declined, he insisted, so I gave him my address and will pass on the comp to good friends who love the place.  He was nice, I was nice.  Mission accomplished.

I thought we should take a quick trip through some current ceramic art.  Most of these people are still working and are in their late stages of production, but you can see the years of work in each piece:
Hara Kiyos

Victor Spinski


Ellen Schon

Peter Voulko

Carol Long

John Glick

Beate Kuhn

And a little demonstration of one of the Korean masters pulling a pot

Icheon Ceramics Village in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, is home to over 300 ceramics studios where artists use traditional techniques to produce a wide range of functional pottery and artwork. Nearly 40 of the studios still use wood-fired kilns. This video filmed by the American Museum of Ceramic Art shows five ceramic masters from Icheon at work in their studios. 

This amazing current work by Montana based artist Giselle Hicks creates ceramic items which evoke the spirits of domesticity and romanticism. A bouquet of tulips. Flowers overflowing from a vase. A tabletop etched with stylized flowers and covered with ceramic folded napkins.  I love the Japanese indigo designs translated to table top.

And the beat goes on-  
Two people sent me this ad-  Sweet!  Taxidermy Useful Object Classes!  A real squirrel lamp I can build myself!  But I don't know why I have to tell them how old I might be, are old folks adverse to slicing into animals?  Oh.  I guess i answered my own question, and the fact is I do not want a frog ashtray.  So, join up if you want.  Just don't send me your squirrel lamps-  a picture will do.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

condensate diabetic door

The best reason to join the PINK church, where you don't have to repent.

"Squeeze your paints like a millionaire,"  Robert Genn

Still here, alternating driving around in horrific traffic and sitting at home making hexagons.  I really have never been bored in my life, always have something to do, some place to go, a friend around, a good book, a good meal, whatever.  I feel myself bordering on bored.  My days are spent cleaning out closets and moving piles around.  I'm sick of cooking, sick of shopping, and sick of having to take the dogs down the elevator to pee.  And because they are bored too, it happens very frequently. 

I miss my studio more than anything.
Today Im on a search for some cotton knit fabric-  I want to touch it before I buy so I can make something Alabama Chanin-ish.  I took the Craftsy class and am going to wing it as far as I can here with no materials, then finish the embroidery when I get back to Ganymede, my little world-in-a-storage-facility.

But enough about me, I have managed to find some cool stuff to show you, just by accident.  There is SO much out there to get excited about- 

  Seung-Hwan Oh
The visual result of the symbiosis between film matter and organic matter is the conceptual origin of this body of work.The process involves the cultivation of emulsion consuming microbes on a visual environment created through portraits and a physical environment composed of developed film immersed in water. As the microbes consume light-sensitive chemical over the course of months, the silver halides destabilize, obfuscating the legibility of foreground, background, and scale. This creates an aesthetic of entangled creation and destruction that inevitably is ephemeral, and results in complete disintegration of the film so that it can only be delicately digitized before it is consumed.

Kendal Murray’s miniature sculptures stage dream-like narratives that are played out by microscopic identities with giant personalities. Short stories and tall tales are enacted in a range of playful and dramatic scenarios that are imbued with social, symbolic and personal meaning. Glass teapots, grass-covered purses, mirrored makeup compacts and open books set the stage for each scenario, offering the delight of the unexpected, the puzzle of a question and the possibility of a dream escape into make-believe worlds.

Squirrel Time:
Not a very good squirrel, a bad facsimile actually, but this guy looks like he's being attacked.  Nice.  I bet his mom is so proud.  My son came home from camp one year with this haircut, though when done by a tent full of 12 year olds, even less appealing.  I lived in fear it wouldn't grow out before school started.  It didn't, he got a buzz clip September first, overgrown fat squirrel hit the floor.